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Why Music?

Study music in a small and welcoming school, where you will build strong and lasting friendships with other passionate musicians and work closely with dedicated faculty who are invested in your education and success. In our hands-on classes and lessons, you will have access to the highest quality of professional training in music that will prepare you for a broad variety of careers, including performance, education, therapy, and more, all of which draw from our rich variety of specialty areas.

Join our vibrant community of musicians on campus and in the Twin Cities as you come to understand, share, and disseminate music through creation, performance, research, and education. As you dive deeper into your education, you will learn the finest technique and come to better understand your own musicality as an artist and student. Our ensembles foster an open and inclusive sense of community among students, while our lessons allow for close work with our faculty.

Here in the School of Music, you will have the opportunity to enjoy the many advantages of a premier research University while also benefiting from the welcoming and friendly atmosphere created by our small cohort of faculty, students, and staff, gaining a truly world-class education.

Our Mission

The mission of the School of Music is to understand, share, and disseminate music through creation, performance, research, and education. We are committed to excellence in all scholarly, creative, and pedagogical endeavors. We seek to provide the highest quality of professional training in music to students pursuing a broad variety of careers and offer artistic, cultural, and intellectual enrichment to the community within and beyond the University of Minnesota.